You probably remember me from the other day. I was the one who reacted very slowly to the green traffic light. When you honked your horn, I realized I was holding up traffic, so please accept my apology.
However, I do want you to know why I seemed in a daze. You see, I was just at the doctor’s office getting the results of the medical test I had a few days ago, and I was wondering how I would tell my wife and children that I have cancer.
My eyes were swollen due to lack of sleep, so, quite simply I didn’t even see the light change. Perhaps I should not have been driving, but I didn’t want to miss my appointment and there was no one else to take me.
And you over there, yes you. I was the one in the express lane at the supermarket. I know you are only supposed to take 10 items or less and I had a basket full. Please accept my apology.
My mind was on my young son who is suffering from congenital heart disease and has to be always under medical care and supervision.
He is just 6 years and doctors have given hope of his recovery. I was remembering how happy me and my wife were when my son was born. I know you were perturbed along with others in line. Please, accept my apology.
I remember you from the supermarket close to my home. I was so mean to you, when you were doing your job to the best of your ability. I acted so clumsily. Please accept my apology.
You see, I arrived home from work just yesterday and discovered that my wife is critical in the hospital. But I should never have taken it out on you. Please, accept my apology.
The above incidents may or may not be true, yet they express a very real truth.
The old saying about judging others before you have “walked a mile in their shoes,” is a much needed reminder.
Perhaps we all could try to be more cognizant of the fact that there are problems and situations in the lives of others of which we are totally unaware. So, maybe before we get frustrated in similar circumstances, and find we are momentarily inconvenienced or suffering through a pointless tirade, we should think a moment and understand that things may be going on in other’s lives which have caused them to be slower, absentminded or angry.
Patience is a virtue and needs to be practiced by all.
Dear Reader, you might have come across such situations in your life when you lost your patience & reacted. Please share your experiences & give suggestions on controlling oneself.